Massive fire breaks out at luxury London hotel, officials say

Massive fire breaks out at luxury London hotel, officials say

Massive fire breaks out at luxury London hotel, officials say

"Just evacuated Mandarin Oriental hotel to see this. absolutely insane!" wrote Anna Whiteley on Twitter.

A massive fire has broken out on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, central London.

Large plumes of black smoke could be seen from across the area rising above the building, which is close to Harrods and the One Hyde Park luxury apartment complex.

The Angels singer - who was staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge - was captured on footage walking down the external fire escape to get away from the blaze.

The brigade said they had received more than 35 calls about the incident so far.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, and there are as yet no reports of injuries.

A Mandarin hotel group spokeswoman said that work on the building was still being carried out.

Smoke rises from a building in Knightsbridge, central London, as London Fire Brigade responded to a call of a fire in this upmarket location, Wednesday June 6, 2018.

Hotel employees evacuated to nearby Hyde Park and were given bottles of water as they waited for instructions.

More than 40 calls about the fire have been made since just before 4pm this afternoon, the brigade added.

"Firefighters are likely to be there throughout the evening and once the fire has been brought under control fire investigators will take over to establish how the blaze started".

"Firefighters are working extremely hard to bring the fire under control".

Fire crew from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"I saw all this black smoke coming from the sky, it was covering everything and the smell was horrendous", she said.

The major road in front of the hotel in London's ritzy Knightsbridge was closed, causing rush-hour traffic chaos in that part of London.

The Mandarin Oriental has had a long relationship with the Royal Family and it hosted a gala dinner before the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

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